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presbyter

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noun pres·by·ter \ˈprez-bə-tər, ˈpres-\

Definition of presbyter

  1. 1 :  a member of the governing body of an early Christian church

  2. 2 :  a member of the order of priests in churches having episcopal hierarchies that include bishops, priests, and deacons

  3. 3 :  elder 4b

pres·byt·er·ate play \prez-ˈbi-tə-rət, pres-, -ˌrāt\ noun


Origin of presbyter

Late Latin, elder, priest, from Greek presbyteros, comparative of presbys old man, elder; akin to Greek pro before and Greek bainein to go — more at for, come


First Known Use: 1597


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